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British cyclist Chris Hoy announces retirement

  • Britain’s most successful Olympian, cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, announced his retirement on Thursday. The six-time Olympic champion is the most decorated cyclist in the history of the Games.

    "I'm officially announcing my retirement from international cycling," said Hoy at a press conference in his native Edinburgh. "It's a decision which I didn't take lightly. It's something I thought about hard with the help of my family and my coaches,” he added.

    Hoy had hoped to take part in next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow but said he was no longer able to compete at the highest level.

    "I've got every last inch of energy and effort out of me … To go on for another year would be one year too far. I don't want to turn up just to wave to fans and get a tracksuit,”

    Hoy, 37, surpassed rower Steve Redgrave as Britain's most successful Olympian at last year's London Games in London after winning gold medals in the team sprint and the keirin.